Cloud Computing SolutionsWhat It Is and How It Can help Small Businesses
Cloud Computing for Small Businesses
Cloud computing is managed, shared applications, development platforms, or computing infrastructure, accessible via the internet. It gives you bandwidth and on-demand, flexible computing power, and is normally provided as a metered service.
“Infrastructure” here means physical servers and the expensive things they need, like buildings, cables, cooling systems, backup generators, etc.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) lists five characteristics of cloud computing:
On-Demand Self Service
A consumer can access computing capabilities, like server time and network storage, as needed, without needing human interaction for each request.
Broad Network Access
Capabilities are available over the network and accessed by various client platforms (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and workstations).
The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers in a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources constantly assigned and reassigned according to demand. The user might not know or decide the exact location of the provided resources.
Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use with a metering capability at some level of distance from the user. Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported, providing transparency for both the provider and consumer.
Capabilities can be elastically provided and released, in some cases automatically, to meet demand. To the consumer, the capabilities often appear unlimited and can be appropriated in any quantity at any time.
A cloud may be publicly available and hosted by an organization like a school or business and be specific to a place; or it may be a private cloud hosted by and used for one or more organizations and accessible from multiple sites.
Microsoft products like Exchange are powerful tools for your business, with everything from email to calendars and chat. But buying the programs, configuring the software, and maintaining the hardware can be too much time and expense for a small business.
With Queen Consulting and Technologies’ cloud hosting solutions, we can take care of that while giving you all the best features of Outlook and Exchange, saving you money and allowing you and your staff to focus on your company. These features include:
- First rate collaboration and sharing capabilities
- Superior filtering, retention, and archiving policies
- Onboard email security
Our cloud hosting service also makes it easy for your employees to securely access and send email from their mobile devices, so they can work anywhere there’s a network.
If you’d like to hear about how a cloud computing service can help your business, call us today at 540 692 6152 or contact us online.